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New Books, New Books
New Books, New Books
New books are the lifeblood of a bookshop, and are particularly vital at this time of year as we are very dependent on our online orders which go up and down largely on the basis of how many new titles we put on.
This week we have had an eclectic group of new books with quite a lot of sci-fi, children's books, some art catalogues (including this wonderful catalogue from the Henry Moore Institute) and some very interesting local books. Over the year books on the Marches are always amongst our most popular items in the shop, but I have been surprised to see a number of these sell over the net in the last few days.
This morning I sent off the text and illustrations for the folding catalogue we are producing for our exhibition on the Annamult Press: Paper Wraps Stone. The catalogue will be available for sale at the exhibition, or by post for £4 including postage. This is possibly the most interesting exhibition we have done, and the extraordinary silk screen prints are accompanied by sculptor Lottie O'Leary's stone carvings inspired by Irish Medieval Sculptures. The Private View will be on Thursday 2nd April, 5.30-7.30pm - do come!
This afternoon I am also due to receive another map back from the cleaners for our May map exhibition The Past is Ourselves. The private view will open at 11am on the 2nd of May, and I would urge you to come on the Saturday if you are looking to purchase, as many items often sell on that day. I believe that this exhibition is more than a match for those of previous years, and I am particularly pleased to have obtained a number of maps by mapmakers such as Perrot - whose maps are scarce - in good condition.
Tomorrow I will be out of the shop looking at books, but will be back in on Saturday for our wonderful Valentine's celebration. With some stalls of antiques and collectibles, jewellery, chocolate bars, delicious chocolate cakes, complimentary glasses of Prosecco and marvellous Latin American Guitar music, this will be a perfect way to start Aardvark's 2015 event programme!
PS there are still a few tickets left for Professor Charles Watkins guided walk in Brampton Bryan Park on the 8th of March. Only £5 to include tea and cake afterwards.
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Brocante open for business despite the torrential rain
Big thank yous, and looking towards the rest of the year
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